Question
Thu March 27, 2014 By: Sanskrati Gawande

what happens when ethyl iodide is treated with sodium in dry air

Expert Reply
Fri March 28, 2014

Alkyl halides on treatment with sodium metal in dry ethereal solution give higher alkanes.This reaction is known as Wurtz reaction and is used for the preparation of higher alkanes containing even number of carbon atoms.

C2H5I   + 2Na + IC2H5   C2H5 - C2H5    + 2NaI

Ethyl iodide                                        Ethane

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